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Dr. Shari Robertson

Progress in creating literate learners is the cornerstone of education and a high-stakes yardstick by which academic performance is measured. Silos of school-based services are how we’ve traditionally helped students with special needs who are at-risk for reading failure. But now, there’s a new collaborative and results-oriented approach: parents and educators working together to provide individual early reading experiences that develop literacy skills for every learner. During this webinar, we'll explore why, how, and what we read in shared reading interactions with young children and how to develop critical foundation skills for reading success. You'll see examples of books, techniques, and practical ways to help young learners succeed.

Presenter: Dr. Shari Robertson

Learning Outcomes
After this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize the key research related to collaborative partnerships, shared reading and early language and literacy development.
  • Implement a collaborative training program for parents, early intervention, and primary educators to implement interactive reading strategies.
  • Identify the characteristics of and select appropriate children’s literature to facilitate oral and written language skills.

Shari Robertson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is Professor of Speech-Language Pathology and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Robertson is also the Vice President for Academic Affairs in Speech-Language-Pathology for ASHA. She has presented hundreds of workshops and seminars nationally and internationally and authored numerous publications on topics related to effective intervention for communication and literacy as well as innovation, leadership, and personal development. Dr. Robertson is also the CEO of Dynamic Resources, which specializes in evidence-based clinical materials for developing language and literacy, including children’s literature targeting specific oral and written language skills.

Time-ordered Agenda (90 minutes) *All times Eastern time
  • 1:00-1:15 pm Introduction/Summary of relevant research
  • 1:15-1:30 pm Language literacy hierarchy, the stages of reading, introduction to interactive reading strategies
  • 1:30-1:45 pm Echo and paired reading
  • 1:45-2:00 pm Questioning and predicting
  • 2:00-2:15 pm Wordless books and reader's theater
  • 2:15-2:30 pm Program delivery/summary/questions
How to Become a Change Agent for Better Readers With Early Collaborative Partnerships

Relevant Financial Disclosure:
Dr. Shari Robertson owns a publishing company, Dynamic Resources, which publishes resources related to literacy development. Some of these resources are referenced and/or shown in this presentation.
Relevant Non-financial Disclosure:
Dr. Shari Robertson writes, publishes, teaches and speaks extensively on topics related to language and literacy development (and other areas). Dr. Shari Robertson is on the advisory board of PresenceLearning.

This webinar is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area)